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Evaluating School Readiness Outcomes in a Local Head Start: An Empowerment Approach

The University of Illinois will work with the Champaign County Head Start (CCHS) program of Illinois to evaluate school readiness outcomes in a manner that is responsive to the local program, its staff members, families, and children. The study will address two questions: (a) How can local Head Start programs use multiple measures to evaluate school readiness outcomes in a way that addresses both national and local evaluation needs, and (b) How can scientifically-based information be generated in a way that is useful for program improvement and empowers Head Start staff and participants? This fall the National Reporting System (NRS) will be implemented to measure school readiness outcomes related to literacy and numeracy. CCHS will use the results of these measures, as well as results from the Creative Curriculum Progress and Outcomes Reporting Tool (CC-PORT), to guide program improvement. CCHS will send two staff members to receive NRS training, who will then train additional staff. Approximately 125 children will be assessed with the NRS in the fall. After assessments are completed in the fall, focus groups will be conducted to identify aspects of the process that may need improvement, and how to interpret the results of the assessments. The CC-PORT will be validated using the same analyses as the NRS. Focus groups will be conducted with parents and teachers about their experiences with the CC-PORT. The use of both measures will help CCHS staff guide program improvement and expand its transition programming.
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